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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

25% Off

That's right I'm offering 25% off everything in my Etsy store for 24 hours only.

Sale ends at 6:15pm Etsy Time so don't miss out.

Come one come all

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Phew what a relief

Well another hurdle out of the way. Our soil test results came in as "M", which for those of you that don't know is a whole heap better than the "H" that I had been expecting after talking to the guy doing the testing.

Right next job is to sign the kit home contract and get that order underway.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Owner Building

Well at long last we have bitten the bullet and bought our little piece of paradise. 2.5 acres in beautiful QLD. Since money is short we're going to be doing the bulk of the physical labour ourselves so it's certainly going to be hard work.

I just passed my owner builder course and have submitted my application for a builders permit so while we wait for that there's not much we can actually do onsite.

In the meantime though we did get our soil test done this week so whilst on site I took a couple of photos and thought you might like to see our land.

I'll post more when things start to progress and let you know what's happening onsite.

Friday, April 25, 2008


At the instigation of Esther ( a new team has been formed.

Members all live in and around Brisbane and sell quality items on Etsy.

The aim of the group is to promote our businesses and to help support each other along the way.

Many of the members have already met but next weekend will my first change to get together with them for a face to face chat. I'm so looking forward to it and I really hope they bring along some of their wares. They truly are Artists in every sense of the word.

I'll take some happy snaps when I meet them all.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Featured Artist - Entyqua

This is a lovely jewellery store stocking both costume and genuine stone/metal jewellery as well as Jewelry boxes, card making and other paper craft items.

The owner is Becki a SAHM of a gorgeous little girl.

She says "For my Jewelry: I use a lot of natural stones and beads for my creations, my favorite being wood and gemstones. I also love to use pearls weather they are freshwater or faux pearls have a very elegant feel to them and always and a touch of class to every piece they are used in! All my jewelry designs are Hand made with care a love. Also you will always find each piece is very unique and will never be recreated. If you need a necklace or bracelet made to a certain size please specify during checkout, if I have the extra materials I can make the changes! I also LOVE to do custom work! I love to share ideas with others to come to a creation that might not be with out two great minds working together!
For the Finished Jewelry Boxes
I LOVE to paint I love to decorate I love to take something ordinary Like a plain unfinished wooden box and make it dazzle. These are one of my favorites of my hobbies. They come to me from a craft store plain dull and wood colored and ends up with color and flair and style I love the transformation!
For the paper crafts
I am a scrapper I will always be a scrapper I have so much scrap I don’t know what to do with it! SO I make cards and other paper related crafts! I wish I had enough time to do this more than I do! "

Come and visit you really wont be disappointed

Monday, April 14, 2008

Beading Forum Swap

I thought it was about time that I shared some details with you about a fantastic forum that I am lucky enough to belong to.

The Forum is Australia based but with many international members and is run by the wonderful Yvonne, owner of Crystal Flair a great online jewellery store.

Come take a look at Crystal Flair and the beading forum

Anyway, my primary reason for posting all this is that I am infact a moderator on the metalworking forum and we recently ran a swap. I was so impressed with the creations that I just had to share some of them with you.

Participants had to make a pendant using wireworking or metalworking techniques. The finished object had to include a pearl and must cost no more than $5 AUD in supplies.

The items created were extremely diverse and here are a few for you to look at and admire

By Cas of Casjsa Designs

By Vicki of Dragonfly Creations

By Karen

By RataBy Carolyn

By Sharon

By Sharon of Shazzabeth Creations

By Heather Goldsmith

By Steph my fellow metalworking moderator

By Twisted Jewellery Creations

By Amanda

By Viktoria

By Shan
By Sandee

And last but by no means least by Chantel

Feature Artist - Deabus Amor

This is such a fun shop. You'll love it, you really will.

Sheika Lugtu, is a self-taught dabbler in various mediums. Her ultimate goal is to create pieces of jewellery or art that make you smile every day.

Everything in this shop is handmade by Sheika in a corner of her studio apartment. She does have pets but takes measures to ensure her products are hair, dander and dust-free.

Sheika says "I'm usually friendly (chances increase with presence of chocolate or coffee) and a little too loud, sometimes hyper and mostly crazy.
I don't bite, so don't be scared to say Hi."

Come on check out this cute store

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Featured Artist - alilsumptinsumptin

Another stunning store, this lady sure does have talent.

She says "Whimsy brings me great joy and touches that little girl within me. Most of my creations reflect this aesthetic and frequently incorporate two things I love and enjoy: flower gardens & dogs. All my pieces are one-of-a-kind, oftentimes containing handcrafted Artisan Lampwork glass beads - wonderful little works of Art in themselves.

All of the Artisan Lampwork beads I use in my pieces have been properly kiln annealed by each respective glass artist to ensure long-lasting durability."

So come one come all check out this beautiful store

Featured Artist - alilsumptinsumptin

Another stunning store, this lady sure does have talent.

She says "Whimsy brings me great joy and touches that little girl within me. Most of my creations reflect this aesthetic and frequently incorporate two things I love and enjoy: flower gardens & dogs. All my pieces are one-of-a-kind, oftentimes containing handcrafted Artisan Lampwork glass beads - wonderful little works of Art in themselves.

All of the Artisan Lampwork beads I use in my pieces have been properly kiln annealed by each respective glass artist to ensure long-lasting durability."

So come one come all check out this beautiful store

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Featured Artist - Studio Marcy

Life is good for Artist Marcy Lamberson and it shows in her work.

She's been "melting" glass for over 8 years and loving every minute of it except for the burns, stepping on shards of glass, and other minor problems. Art truly can be dangerous!!!

She teaches in her studio which is a converted sunroom porch and overlooks her lovely backyard. Lots of birds and wildlife populate it. She enjoys forming sculptural amusing beads, but makes all kinds and enjoy the challenge of special orders.

Take a look at her beautiful work at

Friday, March 28, 2008

Cuddle Baby Boutique

This is just one of the cutest stores I've ever seen.

Specialising in baby to toddler blankets and other items for your little one.

The owner of this delightful store is a stay-at-home mom with two little girls. She grew up in Sandy, Utah.

She says "I stay home with the kids and sew blankets and other items to try and make a little extra money. I just started this business and I hope that it will pick up soon. Besides that, I love being a wife and a mother and wouldn't want life any other way."

Come take a look you're be thrilled that you did

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Featured Artist - Sparkly Strandz

This is a lovely store stocking an eclectic mix of Jewellery, baby items and crocheted goods.

The owner of this store is a full time mum and a part-time occupational therapist. How she manages to look after 2 children and work part-time and still create all these wonderful items I really don't know.

She says "I've had a love for crafts, especially crochet for over 25 years ever since my grandmother taught me at age 5. It was probably the best thing she could have done for my parents because it would keep me busy for hours. During college, I developed a love for beads--not just because they're sparkly, but because beads have such a rich history to them from around the world, and can be made from almost anything imaginable. Also, as an occupational therapist, I am able to use a variety of crafts and activities in my therapy to make it more fun!"

In this store she has combined her love for crochet and beads and has started making jewelry, baby onesies, hats, and all sorts of gift items.

Drop in for a browse you wont be disappointed

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Featured Artist - Tiffany Teske

Tiffany is an extraordinarily talented photographer and this store certainly shows that.

Stocking a variety of photographic products including prints, cards, pendants and many more her skill is shown in every item.

Tiffany says "I have loved photography since I was given a 110 camera at the age of 7, to capture memories on a family trip. I studied ballet, creative writing, and art in high school but did not take photography classes. Instead, I was "the after school photography club" and was taught by a science teacher how to use the darkroom. The chemicals got into my blood, and after roaming the US for 5 years (Arizona, Florida, Connecticut, & New York) I settled in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, population 200, and home to Sugarloaf USA, and decided to go to University for.... nursing? Well, yes, I did start the pre req courses, but fate stepped in, and after one summer colour printing course and some credit mishaps on the school's part, I switched my major to photography. I graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with both an Associate of Arts in Photography (Magna cum Laude) in 2000 and a Bachelor of Arts Joint BA in Art and Photography (Magna cum Laude) in 2002."

Now living in Banff, Alberta, Canada, with her husband and toddler, Quinlyn, and Tiffancy walks EVERYWHERE!!!

Come on don't delay visit this beautiful shop

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Feature Artist - Witty Workshop

This glorious store is owned by Valérie Parizeault. She is a Canadian Illustrator & designer from Montreal. She is also the owner of Rose Flash, Playfully spirited Jewelry (, a graphic designer AND an art teacher. She lives a very busy life!

Inspired by whimsical moments, children’s universes, friendship and mignonneries, She is truly living her dream life as an artist with her husband-cherie by her side and her black cat Tokyo (nicknamed minou) on my keyboard.

She says "I am also
- A Treehugger, a chocolate passionate, a coffee conoisseur (I've work several years as a Prima barista), a French Canadian, a daydreamer, a wannabe yoga wiz (not there yet!), a good cook...

I love: Feist & Coral Egan (singers), reading really late, antiques of all sorts(I collect them), all things graphic design-related, especially typo, shoes, graphic patterns, blogging and taking pictures.

I dislike: the word hate, electronic cords, talking on the phone, the smell of celeri, waiting in line, beer, over talkers and drama queens."

Come visit this shop you really wont be disappointed

Monday, March 17, 2008

Featured Artist - Cryztalvisions

This stunning store and all the glorious items found here are the work of artist Beth Alexander.

Fascinated by crystals and stones for as long as she can remember.

Coming from a long line of artistic souls on her father's side of the family, her great grandmother was a very talented artist who started painting late in life. She left behind some amazing oil paintings that Beth will always treasure. She also painted and fired china. Beth says "she had a fantastic eye for detail and could paint tiny pictures small enough to fit on a thimble. My father was an accomplished, well rounded artist and crafts person and spent many years teaching art in the public school system."

Beth has been creating unique pieces of jewelry for almost 20 years now, and is still excited by the process. Along the way she has also been drawn to studying and practicing various energy healing arts, like Reiki, chakra balancing, Earth based energy medicine, shamanic practices, and Angel Therapy. She has found combining my love of minerals, her artistic eye and skill in jewelry fabrication and design, along with her heightened sensitivity to energies creates a powerful synergy.

Beth says "I delight in creating these pieces! Each one is unique, with its own energy that I feel as I work with the materials. They transport me to a place of deep knowing, relaxation and happiness as I work. My pieces not only look wonderful when worn, but also carry with them the special healing energies of each gemstone or crystal. My work is a constant exploration of the interconnectedness of all life."

So I recommend you visit this store at the first opportunity it really is lovely

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Featured Artist - Cigar Box Beads

This is a truly unique etsy store. Selling an absolutely stunning array of beaded jewellery this store is sure to have something you like.

Jewellery not your thing then check out the quirky Beaded Pixies, unique and intricately work. You wont be disappointed and they are sure to bring a smile to your face.

The owner of this store is a retired Home Ec teacher, a job she loved and now she is lucky to have found something else she loves.

She says "Beadweaving is my joy, along with knitting, crocheting, sewing AND being with our twin grand daughters. Not at the same time though, they love to 'help'! We do have 'crafting time' every day that I watch them, so I hope I'm instilling the love of creating in them."

Come along and check out this wonderful store

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Feature Artist - Katrina Lerman

The owner of this beautiful store comes from a family of makers and has been making jewelry since she was a little girl.

Originally from Germany, Katrina settled in Massachusetts, US almost ten years ago. She draws inspiration from her German childhood as well as from the time spent in the US. She finds that sometimes, photographs of finished jewelry pop into her mind and she has to quickly run to jot them down before they are gone. Other times, she may have an idea in mind and it takes a lot of drawings until she gets it figured out.

Katrina graduated from the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston with a Degree of Fine Arts in Interior Design. She says "Interior Design is all about color, form, and texture – and that’s what I’m integrating in my jewelry designs".

Now the mother of a beautiful baby girl, she tries to spend every free minute (and those of you who have a baby know that there are few) creating jewelry. Naturally, she has lots more time thinking than creating and so her sketch book is filling up with ideas for years to come.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Featured Artist - A Pretty Rock

This is a beautiful store, a pretty store. Here metal and stone are matched in perfect harmony.

Yazmin the owner of this shop is both a jewelry designer and a web designer/developer (since 1999.)

She has always been an artsy-crafty person, but the move into jewelry was almost unintentionally. In 2004, she went to the Yellow Daisy Festival for the umpteenth time and found a pair of beautiful hair chopsticks with beaded ends, and wore them for about a month straight.

She spent a lot of time thinking about the chopsticks and how to go about making her own. This led her to local stores, including bead shops...Many stones and wire later and here she and her beautiful store are

Friday, March 7, 2008

Featured Artist - Coconut Palm Designs

This shop sells a beautiful array of signs and Aceos. The signs are made with Belizean hard or soft woods and can be personalized for you.

The ACEOs, done in a variety of mediums and are original art works. Each is signed and dated on the back.

The owner is a Canadian living in Belize, Central America and also a graphic designer. She says "Woodworking and sign design is my newest crafting passion but art has been in my blood since birth.

Sign making has turned into a great outlet for my creative energies and finally I am using my graphic design training for something exciting."

Thursday, March 6, 2008

What a Lovely Surprise!!!

The wonderful people at Wickedly Chic have featured a pair of my earrings in their Daily Ditties section.

Having browsed around this site I feel it's a huge compliment and will definitely be signing up for their newsletter. So why not pop along and not only see my earrings but also all the other wonderful information they've got there.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Featured Artist - Mommy and Me Boutique

This is a gorgeous store using beautiful fabrics and stocking a diverse range of items, you're sure to find something you 'must' have. Items include aprons, child and baby, blankets, clothing and accessories.

The owner says "I enjoy working with designer fabric and ribbons. My specialty is adult and toddler aprons; fun, funky, traditional, vintage. Other passions involve creating toddler skirts and baby items."

So why not pop along and checkout this beautiful store:

Monday, March 3, 2008

Featured Artist - Bella Dio

The owner of this sore is SAHM with 3 boys living in Indianapolis (struggle finding time to create and I only have 2 kids!!).
Six years ago she began playing around with beading during a play date with friends. She started out just making jewelry for herself and then giving them as gifts. As more people took interest in her work she started taking it more seriously.
A few years into crafting stringing no longer thrilled her, so she began making beads from polymer clay.
Branching out further she soon added wirework to her designs.

Down a different track she also designs t-shirts from drawings that she has done. Wanting to express her faith she has made designs that have scriptures in them, and are suitable for all age groups.

A stunning shop please drop by and take a look

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Caring for your Jewellery

It has come to my attention that although I have been making and selling jewellery for quite some time I have been very slack at providing information about caring for your precious items. It would be impossible for me to cover absolutely every aspect of the care of every metal, gemstone etc however this should cover the bulk of your information requirements.


Caring for your jewellery doesn't have to be hard. I recommend either using mildly soapy water for cleaning, then light polishing with a jewelry polishing cloth, or having your jewellery cleaned by a professional.

However, many other methods exist for cleaning jewellery. Please make sure that you use a method appropriate for your particular item, not all gemstones and pearls can be treated the same way.

Abridged version

1) Avoid scratching, banging, chemicals of all kinds, swimming pools, hot tubs, extreme temps, strenuous activity, and intense sunlight.

The chlorine and bromine in pools and hot tubs is particularly damaging to stones and metal, and will even damage solid gold.

2) Wipe your jewelry off with a soft cloth after you wear it.

3) Clean it regularly with mild soapy water, rinse really well, and pat dry with a soft cloth. Polish metals gently with a jewelry polishing cloth.

4) Store most jewelry in a reclosable plastic bag or cloth with anti-tarnish paper. More details below.

5) Some gemstones can change when exposed to direct sunlight, the following is a Partial list:

Amethyst - becomes paler
Ametrine - may become lighter or change colors
Aquamarine - becomes paler
Aventurine - some lighter varieties become paler
Beryl - brown/orange varieties may fade to pale pink
Celestite - becomes paler
Chrysoprase - becomes paler
Citrine - becomes paler/changes color
Hiddenite - becomes paler
Kunzite - becomes paler
Rose Quartz - becomes paler
Smoky Quartz - becomes paler

Some Specifics

Argentium Silver

Argentium Silver is highly tarnish-resistant and needs far less care than traditional sterling silver. You should be able to clean up your Argentium jewelry with a warm mildly soapywater, and restore its high shine with a polishing close. Make sure that you keep the cloths you use to clean Argentium purly for this purpose.

Traditional Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, and Gold

Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, and Gold can be cared for in much the same way as Argentium. You can use the following methods to clean and polish traditional .925 sterling silver, .999 Fine Silver, and gold filled, as well as gold:

  1. Commercial silver/gold cleaners. Be sure that any stones in the jewellery can withstand the chemicals in the cleaner. Read the label, and if in doubt, do not use a chemical cleaner. Some gemstones that cannot be placed in most commercial jewelry cleaners are: pearls, lapis lazuli, malachite, opals, coral, turquoise, and others.
  2. Ammonia and water. Use a light solution of ammonia and water on a toothbrush or soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly with water. Ammonia should not be used on the same types of gemstones that should not be used with commercial cleaners
  3. Jewellery cleaning cloth - use lightly to restore luster. Note: Do not press hard when polishing 14 karat gold filled so that you do not damage the gold surface.
  4. Additionally, tarnish can be retarded by storing your jewelry in the resealable plastic bag included with each piece, or in a commercial jewelry bag with anti-tarnish papers. Pearls and opals, however, should not be stored in plastic because they need to "breathe."

Copper and Brass

Both copper and brass are also incredibly easy to care for. While they do tarnish more quickly than sterling silver, it takes very little to restore that original shine easily.

  1. Commercial copper/brass cleaner. Be sure that any stones in the jewellry can withstand the chemicals in the cleaner or do not use it.
  2. Worcestershire sauce. Strange, yep sounds strange but the acid in the tomato in worcestershire sauce does a great job of cleaning copper and brass jewellery. This method should not be used with gemstones or pearls that cannot be cleaned with chemical cleaners, as the acid in the tomato of the worcestershire may affect more delicate stones.
  3. Ketchup. Another strange but but again the acid in the tomato of the ketchup shines up copper and brass quite nicely. Apply it with a toothbrush or soft cloth, then rinse thoroughly. Avoid getting ketchup on the same types of stones as should not be used with chemical cleaners. I'm not sure about it, but I expect the acid in the tomato might affect more delicate stones.
  4. No Worcestershire sauce or Ketchup then try this recipe for another kitchen cleaner that can be used for copper and brass. Add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to a container of water, then add a teaspoon of salt and stir gently. Place the jewellery in the solution for a few minutes, then remove and rinse thoroughly. If needed, the dip in the solution can be repeated. Again, this method should not be used with gemstones or pearls that cannot be cleaned with chemical cleaners.
  5. Pop your copper and brass items in a reclosable plastic bag or jewellery case with anti-tarnish paper to slow tarnishing.
The following is a partial list of gemstones that should not be subjected to chemical cleaning methods

Lapis Lazuli

The following is a partial list of gemstones that should not be cleaned using an ultrasonic cleaner

Lapis Lazuli
Tiger Eye
Black Onyx

Avoid ultrasound cleaning with any gemstones containing flaws. Always follow all the operating instructions for your cleaning machine.

I cannot stress strongly enough that if you have any doubts about whether your jewellery item can withstand your chosen cleaning method DON'T DO IT, take it to a jeweller who will be able to advise you regarding your item specifically or even carry out the cleaning for you

Feature Artist - elektrajewelry

This is an absolutely gorgeous store, a stunning variety of jewellery items all created by a lady who describes herself as a "sparkle freak".

The store owner, Dina, has a Greek background and has therefore been exposed Greek artisan jewelers from a very young age and her Greek background has influenced her love of 18k and 24k gold and her choice to work with gold vermeil (24k gold layered over sterling silver).

The owner of this store says "I chose the name Elektra for my shop because it means bright and shining. I make one of a kind jewelry pieces to accommodate many different styles and fashion trends. My time and energy is devoted to creating pieces that can be worn and enjoyed for years to come."

To see more of this beautiful jewellery and to find out more about the artist please visit her store at

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Feature Artist - Kalicat

A fellow member of the Art Jewelry Collective, an Etsy Street Team, Kalicat is an absolute inspiration. Her creations scream quality, care and class what more can you want from a piece of Jewelry.

Kalicat has trained in jewellery at Central St Martins and Hatton Gardens, in London. Mom of 2, she says: "I keep sane by painting and illustrating Fashion, jewelry-making and dreaming about all the things I will create in the near future".

Come visit her at
and also come and visit The Art Jewelry Collective at

Friday, February 29, 2008

Ally on 67 - P Miller Originals

Now this is another glorious etsy store combining the owners love of painting and jewellery making.

Her artwork includes Originals, Prints and ACEOs so there really is something for every size pocket and her jewellery is simply beautiful and distinctly shows the artists style.

Ally was educated at the Maryland Institute of Art-Summer School, the Howard Community College-Liberal Arts and the Capital College-Computer Engineering

She has had Gallery Shows at Chesapeake Gallery, DMG Artwork- Annapolis and has received the Artist of the Year award (Arts and Entertainment)- H.H.S. 1985, 2nd Place: African Americans in Science and Technology Poster Contest 1985 and an Honorable Mention- H.H.S. 1984

From the Artist "These are just a few words that I like to live by. I feel that creating art is a way of sharing your soul with others. As you will see in my artwork: sometimes I am very flamboyant and always colorful, sometimes confidant and peaceful, other times angry or chaotic. I think all of my emotions; passions come out in my works. Sometimes I layer it on thick (paint and words) and other times I flirt with the canvas with light feathery strokes. My art reflects my beliefs in love, warmth, generosity, loyalty, and honesty. I’m inspired by science, fantasy, martial arts, architecture, and nature (especially water)."

So come along and visit

Thursday, February 28, 2008


Here is a gorgeous store, I don't mind admitting that I have a passion for stationery and cards. I am inclined to buy cards for no reason other than that I love them then they sit in a drawer waiting to be rediscovered. Maybe I should start using some..

This store is pure temptation, the owner is a writer who worked with computer-based graphic design at newspapers for years. She loves papercrafts, and the process of making things by hand -- no computer and started making cards for friends several years ago, and in December, 2004, idle words became action when she sold holiday cards to the florist down the street.

Almost all of her cards are one of a kind. To see custom samples, visit her picturetrail site.

Her style is eclectic and she loves to experiment so is always coming up with some new and unique. Don't wait come and visit this glorious shop

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

BerryBeads - Featured Artist

This wonderful store represents the stunning work of Rosi from Long Island NY.

As a child Rosit says that she was encouraged to make gifts and things by hand whether it was crochet, embroidery, drawing, what have you.

She loves to make beautiful things and if they can have a practical application all the better. Her interest are many and making jewelry is a new passion as an outlet for her creativity.

Her other hobbies include drawing, digital art, photography to name a few.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Featured Artist - Cserpent Designs

Now this is one beautiful shop you will be amazed at the variety of stunning pieces and created with a level of skill that can only impress!!!

The store owner is Susan a lover of scuba diving (as am I).

She started jewelry making when one of her soccer (or if you're English as I am football) teammates got her to go to a wirewrapping class with her. She made my first bracelet in that class. Next having seen a beaded watch band in a magazine and figured she could expand on that idea and make herself a cool beaded watch band in PURPLE! (my favorite color).

After a series of other classes Susan is still making and enjoying jewelry and has been doing so for 4 years. Her designs are also for sale at a gallery in La Jolla, CA - Gili Anna.

So come take a look at Susans store you wont be the first or the last person to be impressed by her work

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Lucky Girl Trading

Lucky Girl Trading Company was formed in 2001 when the owner realised that in the midst of a lot of mess and sadness she was indeed a Very Lucky Girl.

Her store stocks a stunning range of fused glass pendants, jewellery and supplies.

The business started by selling items on ebay, this heled to remove not only the clutter from her life but also a lot of sadness.

A few years later she met my lucky guy--who was selling a bit of jewelry--and married him in a hot air balloon ceremony in 2006. They've veen working together ever since to build Lucky Girl Trading into a fun and fulfilling enterprise.

They've also discovered the art of fusing, which has become one of her all-time favorite creative outlets and discovered two ancient arts: Kumihimo and Temari. Both are centuries-old crafts, and both give me a zen-like tranquility while working.

This store owner says "I truly am a Lucky Girl! Every day I gather pretty, sparkly things and send them to people. I imagine a person opening their mail and taking out their new pendant or chain or pouch. It's perfect--they have a huge smile on their face--and so do I. I'd love for that person to be you!"

So come visit this gloriously happy shop

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Featured Artist - Dream On

This is a truly vibrant store containing a stunning array of artwork from original watercolours to notecards to collages and on to prints.

The store owner has lived in Colorado most of her life, and earned her BA in Art Education at Colorado State University. Additionally, she as taken workshops and studied with a number of local and national artists. She belongs to several art groups in Florida and one in Colorado and has won numorous awards in juried and non-juried art shows.

She says "I value the presence of a recognizable subject in my paintings. I love it when the center of interest appears in the midst of background objects that aren’t so well-defined. I want watercolor to look like watercolor, and I want my paintings to have a painterly look, not a photographic copy. Therefore I am an impressionist, because I don’t want to over-control the media."

This truly is a remarkable artist so drop by her store and see just what she has to offer

Friday, February 22, 2008

Zaja Natural Handmade Confections

Boy oh Boy what an incredible array of smellies (I mean that in the nicest possible way).

This shop is filled with a miriad of delicious items to pamper yourself with. For those of us with young children pampering time is rare but when it comes you sure want to make the most of it and this shop can really make that happen.

The owner of the store is at school full time (senior in college.) and is a mother of 2 (4 year old daughter, 2 year old son,) so where on earth she finds the time to create these marvels I have no idea.

Anyway, go take a look and be impressed

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Purple Snowpeas

What a fabulous name was my first thought when I came across this etsy store. I hadn't even seen what was sold here but knew by the name that I would love everything I found.

Yep I was right, a stunning mix of photographs, handknit items, handmade books and notecards you are bound to find something you just HAVE to have.

Kathryn Short, the owner of this beautiful store is a photographer and all-around artist, attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was a photography major, but also enjoys bookmaking and knitting. Kathryn now teaches art and photography at the high school level.

Kathryn loves to knit and crochet, take photographs while walking outdoors, craft small books for collecting thoughts, and anything else that keeps her hands busy.

Why not pop along and visit Kathryns store you really wont be disappointed

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Featured Artist - Chalk Hill Studio

Chalk Hill Studio is a delightful store owned and run by Karen, a proud mum to two beautiful children and a professional artist and illustrator from the UK (my homeland!!).

Karen says "I love to create and have trouble deciding what to do so I usually end up trying to a bit of everything from painting to jewellery making and crochet, which is why I opened an esty shop. "

Here you will find Karens artwork, prints and cards, I particularly love her books and journals.

So if you want to see some truly beautiful artwork in a useable form visit Karens shop you really wont be disappointed.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Moore Craft???

Yes that's right I've opened another etsy store Moore Craft

Why on earth would you do that? you may well ask. Well for a long time now I haven't really been using glass crystal or base metal in my designs but I still have a whole heap of supplies and jewellery items that I made quite some time ago.

Rather than add it all to the Moore Taste store I decided to put it in a new store. This will enable me to use the Moore Taste store to showcase my metalsmithing and gemstone jewelry and give me an outlet for everything else.

I don't know if you are aware of the fact but I actually enjoy a wide variety of crafts, painting glasses and tiles, pyrography, sewing, knitting and crochet. With my children being as young as they are it is often differcult for me to work at my bench when they are home but many of my other crafts can be done with them around.

Now I have an outlet for these items.

Anyway, there's not much in the store at the moment but please check in every now and then because I am planning to add either destash or jewellery daily.


Silver Dragon Creations by Patricia C Vener

A member of the Art Jewelry Collective Street Team on Etsy, Patricias work was already know to me when I decided that she would be my next featured Artist. The beautiful bead work you will find in her store will astound you and not only is she willing to part with some of her jewelry items but she is also willing to share some of her knowledge by selling patterns as well!!!

Exerpts from Patricias etsy bio
"I have always been an artist and one of my earliest art memories is also one of the influences that has stayed with me from the very start. I was four years old and my nursery class had a field trip to a local museum in Rochester NY. I was completely mesmerized by the textiles and beadwork of the native Americans. I don't know how long I stood there just gazing at the work and absorbing all that the creator had to say."
"I am a (retired) ballerina as well as a published artist, having done illustrations for a CD picture book, "Papa Cardinal Finds Breakfast" by Sandra Wellborn."
and this last sentiment I can only agree with
"Human beings, I think, are happiest when they are allowed to create. I know this is true for me."

Monday, February 18, 2008

Featured Etsy Seller - On a Thousand Hills

A new addition to Etsy Cheryl opened her store in October 2007.

The items there are beautifully crafted showing real attention for detail and a love for what she creates.

Cheryl says she loves the outdoors and is hoping to hike the Appalachian Trail in a few years.

Married to a trucky and with 2 teenage children Cheryl hopes to supplement the family income with her beading and from what I've seen I'm sure she will.

Cheryl says "God's creation is one of my favorite themes for my work, and I think everyone would have to agree how wonderful nature is."

I'm with you on that one Cheryl!!!!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Featured Artist - Celtic Goddess Jewellery

Celtic Goddess Jewelry was started in early 2001, and has been selling on etsy for 2 years and counting!

The owner of this beautiful shop is Andee Harston, a Buddhist pagan living in the Orlando area. She sells celtic and pagan inspired jewelry, art and bath and body products.

Andee says "Art has always been prevalent in my life. I love to draw, paint, sculpt, make jewelry, make bath and body products and most recently, photography. I am influenced by spiritual learning, nature, goddess and celtic imagery. I identify very strongly with my celtic heritage."

So come on in and browse Andees unique store

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Regal Beads

The owner of Regal Beads certainly knows her stuff. A glorious array of seed beaded jewellery awaits the visit of the next customer.

She has had a love of doing crafts for most of her life.
Both her parents are quite creative, and have certainly passed this down to her!
She has been beading over five years ago and took to it like a fish to water.

For years this has been one of her hobbies, but with her personal collection growing quite large, and with many family members and friends also benefiting.
She has now generously decided to share these treasures with the world.

Now take a moment and visit this glorious shop and of course her blog as well

Friday, February 15, 2008

Personality Plus Boutique

This mother and daughter team have wanted to start our own business for years, and now they've finally done it!

Charlotte is the Mom. She is the mother of 4 and Grandma to 18! She has worked as a seamstress for years and has done commercial embroidery for over 15 years!

Adrienne is the daughter and she is the mom to 4 and step mom to 3. (or 5...She has 2 step daughters that she still lovingly claims from her first marriage, and 3 step children from her current marriage.) Adrienne teaches Preschool out of her home and loves children!

The excitement they both feel from their new venture sure does show in their store. A wonderful array of items from tutus to towels to maternity wear. The list goes on.

If you have a gift to buy visit Personality Plus where you're bound to find something suitable

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Purrfectly Devine

Where the owner of Purrfectly Devine find the time to create all these beautiful items I do not know. A full time teacher and part-time deli worker her days must be incredibly full.

She is relatively new to beading but you'd never know it from the work she produced.
Luckily for us her friends and husband have encouraged her and helped her get set up.

You really must check out her store and her blog

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Crafty Moose

Crafty Moose is a wonderful etsy store filled with a multitude of items showing that Debbie has skills in a multitude of areas.

Her first is love beads, and she has returned to the art of making french beaded flowers.

She also enjoy creating aceos-those 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" cards that are so addictive to make and collect. You will usually find them made with a variety of materials and methods.

Her beaded art dolls and suncatchers were born out a need to do something else with beads. Some are "people", some animal-themed, all have a personality and a heart!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

My Cat Lulu

Becca named her store after her cat Lulu who she describes as "one of the cutest cats out there. She has great big eyes and really soft fur. She reminds me of an anime cat, but only better–no crazy effects...though her purr could use a little more volume. "

Stocking a stunning array of cards and buttons can be found here you really must come for a browse.

Becca says "I'm lover not a fighter who enjoys the company of people, the songs of birds, and an occasional Mia tai. Don't like mean people, but really who would. Don't own bowling shoes, but I did play in a league when I was in 5th grade. Other than art, my passion is traveling. My last trip took me to Kauai, Hawaii...lovely. "

Whilst shopping at My Cat Lulu don't forget to checkout the Charity items, yes that's right not only is Becca talented but she also has a huge heart.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Featured Artist - Cats Paw Artifacts

The owner of this delightful store is Judy Richards. Judy resides in Portland, Oregon and is a member of the Portland Bead Society, the ORBS (Oregon Regional Beadmakers Society) and the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers).

Inspired by nature Judy loves to make lampwork beads and designs jewelry - unique and hopefully artful jewelry. She is always striving for new ideas, new shapes in glass.

She loves abstract lampwork most of all with layers of glass and complexity. She has done the work of reasonably exact glass beads - but yearns to break out of that toward something more complex and deep in an artistic sense.

Having a great sense of humor and Judy is careful not to take herself too seriously - she is the owner of 2 cats, hence the cat beads.

So why not pop into Judys etsy store or take a look at her blog

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Featured Artist - Coconut Palm Designs

Coconut Palms is owned and run by a Canadian, living in Belize.

Joanne is a graphic designer. Woodworking and sign design are her newest crafting passion but art has been in her blood since birth.

Joanne says "Sign making has turned into a great outlet for my creative energies and finally I am using my graphic design training for something exciting."

Custom orders are welcome. Please feel free to contact her if you have a particular sign you would like her to make for you.

Also, please visit Joannes blog at:

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Giftbearer Contemporary Tribal

Fine Silver Early Budding Vine Bracelet With Chrysoprase Cabs

This, like the multitude of other items to be found in Pippets etsy store is absolutely stunning.

A truly unique artist Pippit Carlington has been creating art ever since she was 2 years old. At age 5 she was composing songs on the piano; teaching herself to play by ear. She often found herself re-designing things she saw around her, in 6th grade she constructed the class mascot; a 4 foot-tall owl sculpted out of paper mache, and in junior high she began selling various art items she had made.

Pippit works in several mediums;
including acrylics, watercolor, drawing, clay sculpture, and jewelry. A multicultural influence is evident in her work reflecting a diverse heritage of Iroquois Indian, Hawaiian, Russian Jewish, and French Canadian. She is strongly influenced by nature, political and social issues, and uses her art to educate the public.

So why not pop along to Pippits etsy store and take your pick. Oh while you're there checkout her Supply shop also you might just snag a bargain!!!

Friday, February 8, 2008

George McKim

Don't you love it when you discover another artist who's work you love. They are few and far between but I can honestly say that when I first looked at Georges etsy store I was thrilled.

George was born and grew up in Wilmington, NC, USA. For the past 15 years has lived in Raleigh, NC with my wife Betty, my two adult children Edward and Devin who are twins, our golden retriever Sophie and our cat with a 'tude, Woodstock.

Yes he does have a day job is working as a pre-press graphic artist for a printing company and making his art in his "spare time".

Georges shop features paintings and collages that are mostly abstract, which he has been doing for the past two years.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Feature Artist No1 - So and Sew Crafty

A proud mother of 4, Karen Copeland opened her etsy store in August 2007.

She says 'Sewing is my passion! I've been sewing for family, friends & customers for over 30 years! I take great pride in the items that I make.

I love to do customs orders, so if you don't see something just like what you have in mind, just convo me and we can work together to create your dream!'

Her store is stocked with a stunning array of items from this gorgeous Easter Bunny Basket
To this innovative knitting/crochet tote
and this glorious babys quilt
I really have only scratched the surface of this wonderful store. Why don't you take a look for yourselves. You really will be amazed by the skill and imagination of this wonderful artist.

So and Sew Etsy Store
So and Sew Blog

Monday, January 14, 2008

A New Year Begins

A little belated as far as my blog goes but I'm sure as you read on you'll come to understand why.

DH found out just before Christmas 2006 that his company would be transferring him from NSW to QLD and we all got very excited.

Well you know how these things can be slooooooowwwwww and in this case it's hard to believe just how slow. We eventually moved during the last week of November.

It was a long drive from Sydney to Brisbane made no easier by the presence of a 1yo and 2yo in the car, thank goodness the pets flew. We spread the drive over three days and made sure that we stayed by the beach so the kids could have a good play before heading out again.

Having moved into our new home we unpacked as quickly as possible we didn't manage to get everything done before, now you'll think we're insane, we flew to England to visit family for Christmas.

Suffice it to say we had a fabulous time, the total travel time in each direction was about 40hrs and we're absolutely exhausted but home at last.

I have big plans for this year and will start to share them with you over coming weeks, sorry no pictures at the moment but I will endeavour to add some soon